Over the last couple weeks, as I’ve been summarizing my last 14 months of travels, I have been asked the question: what’s next? by numerous bloggers. That’s a really good question! I’m unable to answer this question in entirety, as I do not know what the future holds. I do know that I’ll be starting on another journey. When one journey ends, the only thing to do is start another one. Regardless if I am traveling, my journey continues. Each of us is on our very own unique journey.
So what is next for me now that I’m not traveling full-time? I have asked this question already countless times. Honestly, I’m already in the process of finding out! I’m back based in Atlantic Canada, and happy to be in one place for longer than two weeks at a time. No more living out of a suitcase, rotating the same 7 outfits, moving from hostel to hostel, sharing living spaces with strangers, and sleeping with ear plus and a eye mask on a daily basis. Sound familiar? Thank heavens for home. I’ve never been so happy to sleep in my own bed and use my own washroom (or bathroom if you call it that). I’m back to teaching in the classroom and I’m blessed to be able to share my skills and knowledge with others. After receiving my Master’s in Education prior to my year off, I’m finally able to put into practice all that I have learned.
Where does the travel fit in? Travel is always on my mind, whether I’m planning future trips, dreaming of where I’d like to go next, reading travel blogs, traveling locally, being a tourist in my own city, or taking weekend getaways. I’m already in he process of organizing trips out of the country and abroad for next year. After 14 months of travel, going back to work (to save money) is the only way to ensure I’ll be on a jet plane ready for another adventure again soon!
What’s my role now? Right now, I’m a teacher first, a traveler second, Not long ago, I was a traveler first, and a teacher second. Funny how roles reverse. I’ve come full circle. Having a steady job will enable me to plan for more extended adventures abroad! It’s all in the works! I couldn’t help but dream for bigger things this time. Go big or go home right? My students will only be the beneficiaries of my travel experiences. I’m able to use real world examples to support the learning. Recently, my grade 9 students were reading a non-fiction text about the Leaning Tower of Pisa. During the lesson, I was able to show pictures of when I visited the tower and provide my own text to self connections. That’s priceless. My students were instantly engaged because the lesson was brought to life and it made it was made real for them. I’m looking forward to more ‘ah-ha’ moments in my classroom.
I’m here, in the present.